Will New York City be the next stage for the antics of Democrats and the Education Unions? The city is facing an 8% cut in the teacher workforce, but Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t want those cuts to be solely based on seniority, but wants to get rid of the worst teachers regardless of time and tenure.
Supporters of LIFO (Last In First Out) — including the teachers union — accused Bloomberg of using the threat of layoffs as a political club to win the right to abolish teacher seniority rights.
“Given the city’s growing revenues, along with the governor’s clear statement that the state budget should not require local layoffs, the mayor’s insistence on teacher layoffs becomes more and more bizarre,” said United Federation of Teachers President Mike Mulgrew.
State Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Bronx) said: “The mayor seems to be saying this every year. This is more of a pressure tactic than anything else.”
Unlike the people of Wisconsin, New Yorkers are known for their manners, civility and genteel nature, so don’t expect that they’ll act out the way we’ve seen in Madison.